Mechanical Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 4-13-2022


In this study, a magnetic piezoelectric cantilever powered AC current and frequency sensor is proposed. This paper covers the configuration of the experimental setup, finite element modeling of the magnetic coupling, and the optimal spatial location of the magnetic proof mass in relation to the wire for smart grid applications. Solid and stranded copper wires of various gauges were used and carried current up to 30A. The magnets act as a proof mass to lower the frequency while also coupling to the magnetic field generated by the current carrying wire. The frequency of the AC current produces a sinusoidal force on the piezoelectric cantilever. Vibrational energy is then converted to electrical energy which can be used to power a wireless sensor node. Two different cantilevers with varying stiffness are considered as possible power/sensing elements in the proposed sensor. They are tuned to resonate at 60 Hz using neodymium (NdFeB) magnets.


Energy Harvesting, AC Current Sensor, Piezoelectric, Magnetic Field, Smart Grids

Degree Name

Mechanical Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Mechanical Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Nathan Jackson

Second Committee Member

Matthias Pleil

Third Committee Member

Fernando Moreu


New Mexico's Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, Consortium of Hybrid Resilient Energy Systems

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